The Duke Of Ice by Darcy Burke
Nicholas Bateman, the Duke of Kilve, is a bit of a drama queen. To be fair, he has lost pretty much everyone he ever cared about, but to be convinced that he, personally, is cursed and the cause of death of everyone who might ever get close to him is, shall we say, a touch self-centred.
Fortunately, Lady Violet Pendleton is absolutely not standing for any of his nonsense. Forced by her parents to marry another man (long before Nick inherited his dukedom) and now widowed, she has no intention of letting a second chance of happiness slip through her fingers.
This is the seventh in Darcy Burke’s Untouchables series, and I haven’t read any of the others. Fortunately, this stands very well as a standalone story, though we are introduced to the main character from the next (the Duke of Ruin) so I think the two might be something of a pair. I really enjoyed Nicholas and Violet’s second-chance romance, even though Nick did occasionally need telling to get his head out from where the sun don’t shine!
Five stars for a lovely second-chance Regency romance.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.